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30 M Chicago, IL

My Details

Last Online
Aug 23
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Mostly anything
Atheism, and laughing about it
Graduated from university
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Strictly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), Spanish (Fluently)

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My self-summary
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Half my life I've spent around people who don't share my nationality, resulting in the riddance of my nationalism, and the melting away of most of any sort of national identity. I think I've come to like it that way. It's not that I dislike where I was born--rather, I feel most at home in a culturally diverse atmosphere. I'm just fascinated by people, regardless of what geographic, or socio-political boundary they were born behind (especially if they share that sentiment).

NOTE: I have a girlfriend, and we're monogamous. Just here for friends.
What I’m doing with my life
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Just moved to Chicago, IL after spending two years in Chile working and reconnecting with people and places of my past (the ocean, rivers, lakes, mountains and cities of my childhood). Now I spend most of my time exploring the activities, venues, and all that Chicago has to offer. This city is thoroughly time consuming, though it's gaining a place in my heart.

I'm also starting to develop an addiction to weightlifting and fitness exercises.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Hobbies: Photography, Board Gaming, Snowboarding. I'm trying to get better at cooking. I've made some progress, but I haven't really developed a sense of cooking, so I just follow recipes.

I used to frequent my cousin and friend's plays/choreographies while at Chile and photograph them using my DSLR:

Social Dance: I just started taking Swing Dance lessons as a refresher in a studio that teaches Lindy-Hop over in the West Loop of Chicago. In two or three month's time I'll be dancing Lindy. Watching two high skill Lindy dancers just makes me feel damned happy.
The first things people usually notice about me
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My slight, difficult to pin-down accent. I often get asked where I'm from. I also get often get asked if I'm a circus performer (why???).

People tend to think I look like Johnny Depp, and they feel the need to tell me. I've tried different hairstyles, but they just switch the movie or character role ಠ_ಠ. I exploit this to the fullest during Halloween.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I recently read God is Not Great by Cristopher Hitchens, and it was interesting to see how religion is a strong force holding human civilization back (and ruining it to an extent). Before that I read Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, which opened my eyes to the violence against women that occurs even in the most egalitarian, feminist nation on earth. I also read Tina Fey's Bossypants, and I now admire that she continues to work as a producer just to give women a chance to further their careers in a society which values them primarily for their physical appearance.

I just finished reading Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard. It's daunting to read about the changes most of humanity will have to adapt to due to global warming, and what will happen to those that can't afford to adapt. I'm thinking of getting a masters in climate science.

Besides traveling, I think that reading is one of the best ways to learn about the world, other people's perspectives, and to generally expand one's consciousness. Recommendations are welcome.

Here's my goodreads profile:

As for movies or tv series, I usually check Rottentomatoes or Imdb before watching one. Once I find a director whose style I enjoy, I'll try to watch most of his/her movies. My favorites so far have been Hayao Miyazaki, Danny Boyle, Ridley Scott, Pixar Studios, Park Chan-wook, and Joon-ho Bong. Any well made film is worth my time, regardless of budget or popularity. The final cut ofBlade Runner is my overall favorite flick.

I used to watch Stephen Colbert daily when I still had cable TV, but I haven't had that in years. Shows I've enjoyed: Cosmos, Reading Rainbow, Firefly, TNG, The Wire, and Community (my favorite). I enjoy anything that's at least somewhat reflective.

Love all sorts of live shows and music, my favorite being the Broadway play In The Heights, which deals with the struggles of Hispanic immigrants. My like for that play is seconded by the atheist, religious satire by the creators of South Park The Book of Mormon (musical), which is the most I've laughed in the span of two hours--it brought me to the point of tears!

Here's my Spotify profile:
That's what I've been listening to recently (since I started using Spotify).

I listen to NPR daily, to keep up with what's going on in the world. I love the Chicago iteration of it.

I've yet to come across a well prepped dish that I haven't enjoyed, though my favorites so far have been Korean, Japanese, and Chilean. Although I tend to deviate and go to well-reviewed places I've never tried, and try foods I've never eaten, the one dish that I never tire of is Soondubu Chigae.

I'm going to switch to a Soylent diet in February 2014. This is not a joke. I'll let you know how it goes...

I do enjoy drinking wine, especially Pinot Noir. I'm also into craft brews. There's a far less harmful plant that I prefer to alcohol, but I'd rather not write about it in a public profile--we can talk about it in person.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Scientists Engineers
Learning about new scientific discoveries and the progress of humanity is one of my strongest incentives to staying alive.

The Internet
Access to nearly limitless, free-flowing information is something that I would miss very much. It also makes the world a much better place to live in. As Assange puts it, "real diplomacy and real politics is something that is derived from the flow of information itself through the population."

Freedom of Speech
I grew up in a dictatorship and I strongly value this right. I remember being very afraid and careful of what I said, and I do not want to live in that fear again. The free flow of information is a foundational principle of any democratic society. Free speech is what regulates government and regulates law, and without it there is no democracy.

The 4th Amendment
Just kidding. Hi NSA!

I ran out of ideas and stole this item from a friend's list. Still, I do love riding the L and listening to music, or reading on my way to places. Most of my life I've had to drive everywhere, but after living in Chicago I will never consider moving to a city that lacks viable public transport. Also, it makes not being sober so much more fun. Update: After the O'hare incident, and several train derailments this winter, I'm not so happy with the CTA :(

The World's Current Environment
Life might become very difficult for the majority of humanity during the third era of global warming.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
In the furnaces of stars hydrogen was fused over billions of years to make the more complex elements required for life to evolve. These stars died in explosions as luminous as an entire galaxy, and so the building blocks of life were brought to and formed our planet. Physics led to chemistry, then eventually biology and self-awareness. We are stardust thinking about itself.

How strange it is to think at all.

Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson puts it well:
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I haven't really developed a typical Friday night here in Chicago, as I'm quite new still. My ideal Friday afternoon would start with a hot shower after going to the gym, followed by an evening dinner and wine with my significant other, or a potluck with friends. At night, absolutely anything goes.

Recently I've been hanging out with the Chicago Burning Man community. There's all these collectives and artist lofts studios that throw exclusive underground parties for burners. One gets to be around great art, music, and lovely people that give off the most chill vibes. We dance until the morning comes; watch the sunrise together, then dance some more, then get breakfast, then rinse/repeat for Saturday.

See the "message me if" section of my profile for things we could do :P
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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After a day of hiking, snowboarding, and then retiring to a bottle of wine in the room I was staying at in a ski resort, a friend once told me: el gato que come callado, come dos veces.

No subject is out of bounds or taboo for me--so ask me anything.
I’m looking for
  • Everybody
  • Ages 21–30
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends
You should message me if
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I'm open to ideas and I'm always trying new things, this list is not meant to be exclusive. I'll do whatever you'd like, especially if I haven't done it before, but these are mere suggestions:

If you need company to go watch a movie, play, or concert, jam, prose or poetry reading of absolutely any type--especially if not sober.

If you need someone to go on an adventure with, me please!

If you need someone to jog or bike-ride through Lake Front Trail or wherever with. I love how bikeable Chicago is :)

If you know a mountain up in the USA well enough to show me some back-country, off-piste runs (without getting us killed), and you have a free spot in your carpool, please message me. It's cool if you wanna just go snowboarding, without going back-country, too.

If you want to talk about fun times at Burning Man, Lakes of Fire, Transformus, or whichever iteration you've attended. Also, I love burner hangouts.

If you've got a place all yours that you would like some good company to visit, I'm here. Could be a music venue, library, coffee shop, or bar...